A couple of weeks back, Rockstar Games released one of their most anticipated videogame titles yet, Red Dead Redemption 2. The sequel, or rather prequel to the infamous Red Dead Redemption released back in 2010 on Xbox 360 and Playstation 3. Fans were exploding with excitement to get their hands on this game and with good reason. See, Rockstars’ previous big release was the Mighty Grand Theft Auto: V which was so well received that the entire game was remade for the next gen consoles and still has hundreds of thousands daily players to this day, but somehow Rockstar pushed the bar even higher with Red Dead Redemption 2. Let’s look at what makes this game so great.
RECORD BREAKING STATUS
Making a Whopping $725 Million on the opening weekend not only broke the record of biggest opening weekend in gaming history but also in the entire history of the entertainment industry. Although one can Argue that a Triple A videogame title costs more than a simple movie ticket, statistically wise it’s still an amazing accomplishment.
On a PS4 side, Read Dead Redemption 2 also came in as the most pre-ordered game ever on the platform.
STORYLINE (Spoiler Free)
In this game we follow an Outlaw called “Arthur Morgan”, now depending if you choose to be a good guy or an actual outlaw, Arthur is a grounded and pretty nice guy. Arthur finds himself trying to live a lawless life in Dutch Van der Linde’s gang who, if you played Red Dead 1, might seem familiar to you.
A bunch of other recognizable characters also make an appearance in this game like the all too familiar John Marston, a younger version of him to be exact. John Marston was the main character in the previous Red Dead game.
You head out on quests trying to live life by your rules and you get into some trouble and adventures along the way.
The amazingly well written and entertaining main story will take the average player about 60 hours of gameplay time to complete, but there’s so much more to do in the game that you will never really, truly finish it.
Let’s get into the meat and soul of this gem.
In Numerous reviews you’ll find that people will refer to Red Dead Redemption 2 as “The Greatest Open World Game Of All Time” which, I’ll admit I was sceptical of since I am a diehard Skyrim fan, but now that I’ve played the game myself for quite some time I have to say that this game might even be the best game of our generation. The gameplay is extremely smooth and is really easy to get used to, while everything around you is beautifully and perfectly detailed. Little features like being able to shoot someone’s hat off or shooting their gun out of their hand, even the fact that if you barge into a place like a saloon the NPC’s would react just like normal people would with audible gasps, the pianist will stop playing and they will now look at you for a few short seconds and then continue with their day. After a somewhat linear intro level, you will be thrown into the massive open world to explore and experience this and much more in any way you like.
This game is definitely one of the most immersive games out there for instance if you didn’t take a bath in a few days, the folk will treat you differently and sometimes they won’t even want to do business with you.
The wildlife is amazingly diverse and all animals behave differently depending what the weather is like, what time of day it is and even what time of the year it is, and the same goes for the NPC’s who will live their own lives whether you are around or out galivanting being a badass outlaw.
The entire game can also be played COMPLETELY in first person, that’s right, every single part of this game can be experienced in first person camera mode that is even upgraded from GTA:V’s first person mode to make you really feel like you are Arthur himself.
The map is HUGE and even more so since you are mostly on horseback, with so many living and breathing environments that you will just want to get lost.
It’s a fun, extremely interactive game to enjoy for hours on end.
RED DEAD REDEMPTION ONLINE
Possibly the cherry on top is that Rockstar announced an online version of the game, similar to GTA online which was arguably the feature that persuaded most people to buy the game in the first place, there will also be a Red Dead Online. If Red Dead online is to be anything like GTA online then we are in for one hell of a ride, it’s a whole different game when it comes to interacting with real humans in a virtual world and this take on things has proven to be very successful.
Rockstar announced that Red Dead Online will be available in November but didn’t state which day, so fans are eagerly waiting.
To be honest with you there are very few problems and all of them aren’t of any real significance, the main thing I had a problem with was how incredibly long the two-disc installation took, I was sitting there just staring at my screen for almost two hours just to get into the goodness that is Red Dead 2.
The only solution to this is by digitally downloading the game which will only work for the people who have fast internet lines as the PS4 download size is a whopping 99GB with the Xbox One version even going higher with a 107GB download size.
The one other problem I have is that Red Dead Redemption is not on PC at this moment and so far, there is no indication whether or not it will ever come to pc. This is a big let-down for the PC community and I’m sure there are just as many PC gamers eagerly waiting on Rockstar to announce this.
Red Dead Redemption 2 is a fantastic game with all the great aspects we expect from an open world game and even more. Rockstar is definitely keeping the Single Player games alive and flourishing in todays online only world. If you decide on getting this game you need to be prepared to chuck any social life you have out of the window because you are about to get completely sucked in, in the beautiful world that is Red Dead 2. Outlaws For Life